Rethinking Classroom Design: Create Student-Centered Learning Spaces for 6-12th Graders - by Todd Finley and Blake Wiggs.

Have you ever entered a building or room for the first time and felt enhanced--felt your body relax and spirit elevate? The effect of human-made environments on learners’ brains is not subjective. According to research studies, we all have measurable responses to the design of a space. However, despite the many resources discussing how to decorate and design elementary school classrooms, few resources on middle and secondary level classroom design are available.

This book fills that gap. Moreover, the purpose of this guide is to enhance learning spaces, boost student performances, and positively extend teachers’ influence. Every instance where you make well-considered decisions about your classroom helps students lead self-actualized lives. This book will help you make those decisions by providing information about everything from students’ favorite seating arrangements to what temperature is ideal for learning. And learners will feel that effort every time they step foot in your room. Available on Amazon

By reading a book about classroom design—this book about classroom design—you have a chance to organize your teaching in a way that supports all of the other professional development and reading and twittering and reflection you do.
— Terry Heick, Director of TeachThought
Improving the quality of classroom environments supports improvements in the quality of instruction. Finley and Wiggs give teachers and principals practical strategies for creating the classrooms we need today.
— Jeff Theus, Ed.D, principal of Ayden Middle School
The physical layout of the classroom has a significant impact on teaching and learning; nevertheless, this essential component of instruction is often overlooked. This book provides teachers and administrators with the fundamental tools to immediately change the learning paradigm for all students.
— Patricia L. Hilliard, PhD, Director of STEM Accelerator, NC New Schools / Breakthrough Learning
This is now my go-to guide for classroom design and organization. Thank you Finley and Wiggs for providing an accessible research-based tool that empowers educators to rethink student learning environments.
— Sonja McKay, M.Ed., NBCT, Teacher at The Exploris School